Saladino Tournament: Day 4 at Jefferson
Leto 4, Bloomingdale 1 (faces Riverview at 10 a.m. in quarterfinals)
Strawberry Crest 7, Tampa Bay Tech 0
Steinbrenner 16, Chamberlain 1 (faces Jesuit at 4 p.m. in quarterfinals)
East Bay 13, Jefferson 10
Pitchers of the day
Leto starter Jakob Ryley went a complete seven innings against Bloomingdale, giving up just three hits, no earned runs, while issuing three walks and three strike outs. ... East Bay RHP Peyton Zoeller came into a game where the Indians were getting hammered 10-5 and shut Jefferson down the rest of the way. Zoeller wound up going 3.2 innings, facing 15 batters and giving up just two hits, no walks and no earned runs while striking out five.
Hitters of the day
The Falcons didn’t have that one guy but some combinations in the second and third innings helped push them past Bloomingdale. In the second, Pedro Gutierrez tried to set down a sacrifice bunt but ended up poking it into leftfield for a base hit. Andreas Morales followed it up with a single but Javy Hernandez was tagged out at the plate. Joshua Cruz blooped a single into right for an RBI and Morales scored on a wild pitch. ... Strawberry Crest’s Derek Barone was 2-for-4 with a triple, three RBIs and a run scored. ... Steinbrenner’s Noah Luke was 3-for-3 with a walk, a double, a stolen base and two runs scored. ... East Bay’s Jorge Collado was 2-for-2, with a walk, an RBI and three runs scored.
Defensive gems of the day
In the sixth inning against Bloomingdale, Leto completed a 3-6-1 double play with runners in scoring postion. ... In the second innning, Jefferson leftfielder Jordan Perez made a diving catch to keep East Bay off the bases.
Did you know?
Zoeller, East Bay’s ace at the start of the season, has battled arm stiffness and hasn’t contrubuted in the way coaches had hoped. He made a grand appearance Wednesday, shutting down host Jefferson for three innings. ... Former Jefferson head coach Pop Cuesta was a fixture at the field during the tournament. Cuesta kept updating his Saladino brackets like it was March Madness and without the responsibility of being a coach. He mentioned that Saladino tournaments were the days when he used Maalox antacid.
“(On the 3-6-1 double play) You practice it twice a week in PFP practice for that specific play, who would have known it would have come out in a big game,” Leto coach JJ Pizzio said. “If you play the way you practice, you have a chance.”
“We’re a small-ball team; we pressured their defense and it went in our favor,” East Bay head Mike Gula said. “We got some fastballs and hit some line drives.”
(On Zoeller’s performance): "He came in and shot them down tonight,” Gula said. “These boys fought to the end and fought with class.”